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Two-phase sends

From: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 13:59:34 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <199604241159.NAA04288@wsooti06.win.tue.nl>
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Cc: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
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I see that the Monday internet draft still includes two-phase POSTS
and PUTS.  I strongly object to this 
 a) on procedural grounds
 b) on technical grounds.

Ad a:

a.1) The issues list says:

Two Phase methods: 
         JM Section 8.4 POST
         Two-phase POST removed
         Mogul has writeup of result of discussion?
         Status: need writeup, WG review 

and I clearly remember that we indeed conclude that two-phase methods
should not be in 1.1 at the end of the two-phase wars some months ago.

a.2) Also, the 02 draft says:

      POST requests must obey the entity transmission requirements set
      out in section 8.4.1 [which talks about two-phase].

While the 01/00 drafts said:

   HTTP/1.1 allows for a two-phase process to occur in accepting and 
   processing a POST request. If the media type of the posted entity 
   is not "application/x-www-form-urlencoded" [5], an HTTP/1.1 client 
   must pause between sending [....]

This considerable change was not discussed.

Ad b:

b.1) Two-phase saves bandwidth sometimes, at the cost of speed
(round-trips) for each POST request, no matter how small.  I have seen
no statistics that this tradeoff improves current conditions, while I
suspect that it does not in many cases. Two-phase thus adds complexity
without having established the need for this.  If we have it, it
should at least be optional for small POST requests.

b.2) The new requirement that two-phase is also used for normal POSTS
of small forms means degradation of performance for many existing
forms applications when upgraded to 1.1.  It may also decrease my
chance of making a successful POST transaction (with a busy search
engine) if the backbone is dropping a significant number of packets.

b.3) Finally, the MUST/SHOULD text about two-phase does not take
proxies, especially 1.0 proxies, into account.

If I am to agree with two-phase staying in, I would require all points
above to be convincingly addressed.

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